Bus and Coach
Services From Invercargill
(Waihōpai in Māori) (Pop 48,300) is the southern most and western most
city in New Zealand. It is the commercial centre of the Southland region.
Invercargill lies in the heart of the wide expanse of the Southland Plains
on the Oreti or New River some 18 km north of Bluff, which is the southernmost town in
the South Island.
Invercargill sits amid rich farmland that is bordered by large areas of
conservation land and marine reserves, including Fiordland National Park
covering the south-west corner of the South Island.
Built in the late 19th and early 20th century, its wide streets and century
old buildings give the visitor a unique feeling of stepping back in time to
when business was conducted in a more sedate and considered manner and the
streets were paved with Otago gold.
Invercargill is located 221 kms southwest of Dunedin and is the gateway to
Stewart Island and Fiordland National Park.
Mainly of scottish origin, Invercargill is a service centre for the rich
Southland farmlands. It is a commercial centre and can be used as a base for
exploring the other areas of Southland, Fiordland, the Catlins Coast and
The city of Invercargill offers
many opportunities, fine heritage buildings, excellent shopping facilities
and the warm southern hospitality of the locals.
Using Invercargill as your base, you can explore nearby Fiordland and
Queenstown (an easy two-hour drive), the Catlins Coast and Rakiura National
Park. It boasts an abundance of golf courses, parks, cafés, art galleries,
theatres, conference centres and excellent sporting facilities, including a
leisure centre and swimming and aquatic centre.
The city also offers visitors a variety of accommodation, restaurants and
shopping, plus good transport links to other main centres. Priority
attractions are the Southland Museum and Art Gallery where you can
experience the Roaring ’40s exhibition, and the largest public display of
tuatara (spiny-backed reptile native to New Zealand) in the world.
Invercargill is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and foot
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
overnight coach services between Wellington, Palmerston North, Taupo,
Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland or vice versa, connects at
Cook Strait ferry services
from Picton to
between the South and North Islands.
The Starlighter service features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
If you want to
explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
lots more. Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.